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Weekend tech reading: GTX 690 unveiled, and why is Ivy Bridge so hot?

By Matthew · 9 replies
Apr 29, 2012
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  1. Nvidia unveils GeForce GTX 690: Dual GK104 flagship launching May 3rd As we mentioned back on Monday, Nvidia was going to be making some kind of GeForce announcement this evening at...

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  2. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Translation: A bunch of *****s suicide low cost ships into anyone stupid enough to be in a high-cost ship while this is happening.
  3. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    The GTX 690 is a damn sexy card for a reference design.
    Still way overpriced at $999 for downclocked GTX 680 SLI. For that price I'd expect 4GB of VRAM per GPU and the same clock (and clock potential) of the single cards*. I'd guess that the 1k pricetag is all about maximizing the marketing potential via tech site reviews without having to worry about producing many cards for the retail channel.

    * Talking of which, multiple sources are listing specifications of the two unreleased Kepler cards of interest to the majority...as a realistic purchase - the GTX 670 and GTX 660 Ti


    [Sources: OBR , WCCF, Videocardz , and some bonus 690 content from TPU -snappy SLI bridge]
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    This card does look quite nice if it is just barely slower than 680 SLI. If that's the case and it had come out at the same time as the 680 then I probably would have considered this over the 680s just for future potential.
  5. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 496   +130

    I think at one point I was considering a mobo/processor upgrade at Ivy Bridge. Not feeling up to it right now. Maybe next year.
  6. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Urgh... looks like this period of terrible performance/price ratio for GPUs is here to stay. No doubt AMD will price their 7990 around $899.
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    "However, when we pushed to 4.9GHz on 1.35V, the temperature soared past 100°C. (With a single-fan air tower)"

    Isn't it funny that:
    a) we can do this
    b) we actually complain about it
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    +1 gwailo
    I was thinking on similar lines. OC is for those want 'something extra' without having to spend 'more' anyway, so one can't find any fault with the manufacturer in this respect. Also, how can it be worthy of news? At best may be point of discussion on some OC boards/forums.
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  9. DanUK

    DanUK TS Booster Posts: 211   +9

    Christ, look at the stats on that card! I want. Imagine two in SLI... terrifying.
    Glad to see theyre trying to mimmic two 680s instead of 660s.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,161   +3,259

    I've been thinking the whole time that Ivy doesn't have a temperature problem. There maybe thermal caps intentionally engineered by Intel but who can blame them. If you want a major performance boost from LGA1155 go with a LGA2011 and be done with it. If you can OC a processor great but don't complain about it if temperatures are a greater problem than the last generation.

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